Are you a parent who desires your young ones to master the art of wielding Lightsaber instead of learning piano or violin? Well, if so, you will be please to know that Hasbro has recently unveiled the Star Wars Lightsaber Academy. Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is not a school in a galaxy far, far away, btw, so there’s no need to send your Padawans onboard a Millennium Falcon. Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is actually a toy Lightsaber and app combo.
When the hardware, i.e. the Lightsaber, is connected to the app via Bluetooth, the Smart-Hilt technology in the Lightsaber will be able to keep tab on the Lightsaber’s movement and also evaluate skill, scores, and progression. Expected to be treated to character voices and sound effects while you or your kids are at it for, you know, ultimate immersion. But I though the coolest feature of this new Lightsaber toy is the inclusion of a kyber crystal, AKA Lightsaber crystal, in the hilt. Yes. That’s the “force-attuned crystal” that is used to power Lightsabers used by both the Jedi and the Sith.
Personally, I think the Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is a video game in real life that even includes a two-player mode where two users can battle it out. So, it is very much like Lenovo’s Star Wars: Jedi Challenges, but without the AR/VR nonsense. Star Wars Lightsaber Academy is set to land on October 4, 2019, and cost $49.99 a pop.
If 50 bucks is out of your budget, there are two other non-app enabled variety, namely Extendable Lightsaber Level 1 ($7.99) and Electronic Lightsaber Level 2 ($19.99). The former will offer access to some content on the app by scanning a QR code while the latter, which is only offered in Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader’s Lightsaber, will have acmes to some training and character content also by scanning a QR code. That’s not all. Hasbro has also announced a slew of Star Wars products at the New York Toy Fair 2019 which can ogle over starwars.com.